New Mexico Bar Examination (UBE)

2020 Bar Exam Information

NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with bar examiner’s office.

BAR EXAM DATES AND FORMAT

2020: February 25 – 26, July 28 – 29

2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28

The New Mexico Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

 Day 1: Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the AM) and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the PM).

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM).

New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners

9420 Indian School Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112

Phone: (505) 271-9706

Fax: (505) 271-9768

Email: info@nmexam.org

Web: www.nmexam.org

 

Bar Exam Location

Albuquerque Convention Center
401 2nd St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Subjects Tested

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Secured Transactions (Article 9 of Uniform Commercial Code)
  • Plus, all MBE Subjects
Multistate Performance Test “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

A scaled score of 80 is required for admission to the bar. Passing score must be achieved within five years prior to first application for admission or within one year of passing the exam.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Deadlines vary slightly and are confirmed prior to publication of each bar exam application but, generally, the timely filing deadlines are mid-to-late September for the February exam and mid-to-late January for the July exam. There are two late filing deadlines, also confirmed prior to publication of bar exam applications, with associated late fees.

Bar Exam Application Fee: $500 (applicants within one year of law school graduation)/$1,000 (applicants more than one year from law school graduation)

On-Motion Application Fee: $2,500

UBE Transfer Fee: same as Bar Exam Application fees

Late Fee: $200

Final Late Fee: $500

Scoring

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE weighted 30% and the MPT weighted 20%. A total scaled score of 260 is required to pass.

Additional Requirements

All applicants must take a course in New Mexico law prior to admission.

Reciprocity

Acceptance of MBE Score

New Mexico does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.

Admission on Motion

A member in good standing of a reciprocating state may be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law for five of seven years preceding application and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. All applicants must complete the New Mexico Law course. For complete details contact the New Mexico Board of Law Examiners.

Admission by UBE

Applicants who have obtained a scaled score of at least 260 on a Uniform Bar Exam taken in another jurisdiction within three years may apply for admission based on that score. For complete details contact the New Mexico Board of Law Examiners.

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